Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Atlanta Ballet Presents Don Quixote

Travel to sunny Spain for an evening of love and laughter in a joyous celebration of ironic wisdom and comic interludes in Atlanta Ballet’s presentation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Audiences will be treated to an evocative and spicy feast of delightful footwork, fiery costumes and contagious energy as Atlanta’s professional dance Company serves up John McFall’s latest premiere.

The colorful ballet rendition focuses on the Don’s serendipitous role as matchmaker of spirited Kitri and dazzling Basilio. The episodes—A Square in Barcelona, The Gypsy Camp, Dulcinea's Garden, A Tavern in Seville, and the wedding—showcase a variety of styles and moods, from tangible Spanish joy to pantomime dancing to the acclaimed lovers’ pas de deux.

To highlight the confidently vivacious personalities of the characters, McFall, the dancers and the artistic staff, including Music Director Dan Allcott, have been working since fall of 2008 to create a performance that exudes the festivity and flair that Cervantes brought forth in his writing. Audiences will be able to savor the taste of the Spanish harbor town and the passion for love and life while they are delighted by Ludwig Minkus music performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.

“We’re incredibly excited to perform this fabulous craftsman’s inventive and charming composition,” said Allcott. “In a very facile way, Minkus picks up the rhythms and melodic shapes of Spanish music from the street and the court. He provides a canvas for one of the most important stories of Europe.”

Don Quixote runs May 7 through 16 for seven performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets start as low as $15. For tickets, call 800-982-2787 or stop by any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cobb Energy Centre box office. To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.atlantaballet.com/.

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest, continuously operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 80-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance. Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.
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